We’ve all done it. You know that time when you told yourself, I’m going to do it when that other thing happens. I’m going to visit that person when I have a bit more money. I’m going to be happy when it all falls into place. When the time is right, I’ll start thinking about serious dating or starting a family. A very common one is I’m going to start working on my health and fitness, eating well or exercising next week when I’m less busy or maybe in the new year. When the time is right, I’m definitely going to do it. But the one important question here is does the right time ever just come?
The perception of the right time is more often than not the blanket culmination of a series of reasons why we don’t actually do something. It is more often than not something we tell ourselves to push our starting line further away and feel alright with it. It’s not necessarily always that simple and it is indeed of course possible that the timing is sometimes in fact wrong. Judge it for yourself. If you were to take away the perfect time element of it, what are the reasons you are left with?
The thing is every time we push something off based on a condition or circumstance, it is almost guaranteed that another circumstantial condition will appear when what we thought was the right time and will again become the wrong time. There is also the fact that time and the world is still moving around us. We can choose to move with it or deflect it. But it will still continue to move with or without us.
Think about it this way, what is the real harm with starting today? Many things can be started on the spot with a simple choice to just start. I’m not even talking about going full on at a hundred and fifty percent or even at a hundred percent. Even a small start works. Take eating healthy, for example. You can cut down on one unhealthy snack starting now. It doesn’t have to all be done at once. Imagine this, if you start today instead of at the start of a new week then next week on your planned starting date, you are already a week ahead of it.
As one of my many personal examples of this, I remember moving houses once. At the time, I was following a really good home fitness program, but wanted to get back into the gym. The problem was that my new place was a little bit further away from the gym and a bit of a walk. I decided that I’d wait to get my car before I signed up. But after a week or so I realized that I wasn’t any closer to getting the car and so was missing the use of the gym. I picked myself up, walked to the gym and signed up that day. I was back to training in full and as an added positive on top of that, I eventually got my car a month later or so.
The running joke is that my diet always starts on the same day, tomorrow. The simple fact is that it doesn’t just start as tomorrow comes. It starts when you decide it starts. When your planned day arrives, well you may decide this week is no good either because it’s too busy and too much stress which ends up being the same reasons you didn’t just start the previous week. Or another challenge will present itself or the elements of your life that you were expecting to fall into place may take a little longer and then you find yourself looking for another right time. The right time will once again become the wrong time.
This applies to many elements in life and not just health and fitness. I had a friend and sort of mentor who once told me just start the brand, whatever it is, just start it. Then instead of in two years looking back and thinking that you should’ve started it a year ago, you will be two years ahead. And if it doesn’t work out then in two years, you still won’t be any worse off than you are now. But there’s the absolute possibility that you will be ahead.
A strong lesson we can take from 2020 and these pandemic times is that if you plan to do something or want to it, do it straight away. You never know what’s going to happen and present itself to stop you tomorrow. Maybe you pushed off your travel plans before the pandemic restricted it thinking next year will be a better year for it. Or you’ll start your new project when things fall into place. As much as we hate a pandemic, it can and will terminate plans and then find ourselves thinking a year later why we didn’t just do it when we first thought about it or had the chance. Before we know it a year has just passed us by.
There may of courses be a wrong time such as traveling during a pandemic which is understandably restricted, but usually the right time is only when we make it the right time. The right time almost never just happens. It’s up to you to make it the right time.
Now isn’t the right time. Now will never be the right time. Now is the only time.